X Factor star launches charity's music campaign with performance to youngsters with cancer

X Factor star Lucy Spraggan launched a fundraising campaign for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, with an intimate performance to an audience of those who have been supported by the charity.

Lucy Spraggan Paul's House

Lucy played a selection of songs from her debut album, Join The Club, at the event at Paul’s House, before taking questions and giving tips to the audience.

Paul’s House is a CLIC Sargent Home from Home in London where families and young people with cancer can stay for free during their treatment at nearby University College Hospital.

The event was held to launch Practice-a-thon – a fundraising event where school pupils and young performers can get sponsored to practice playing instruments or singing and putting on performances in aid of CLIC Sargent.

Lucy Spraggan said: “I had a great time performing for CLIC Sargent, and it was really nice to meet some of the children and young people who’ve been supported by the charity. I really like the idea of Practice-a-thon as anyone can have a go at playing a musical instrument, singing a song or learning a dance routine and it’s great fun.

“And most importantly it’s an easy and fun way to raise funds to help CLIC Sargent support children and young people with cancer, and their families.”

Find out more about Practice-a-thon here: http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/practice-thon

Find out more about CLIC Sargent Homes from Home here: http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/in-my-area/CLIC-Sargent-Homes-from-Home

Practice-a-thon, which has raised over £1m in 10 years, is also being supported by The Classic FM Foundation.

For more information, an interview or images please contact Chris Smith on 0208 752 2938 or email chris.smith@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About childhood cancer
Every day 10 children and young people are told they have cancer, and diagnosis usually comes as a shock. Treatment normally starts straightaway and can last up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

About The Classic FM Foundation
The Classic FM Foundation aims to bring the healing power of music to sick, disabled and vulnerable children all over the UK. The Foundation fund music workshops to give talented young survivors of cancer the chance to work with music professionals to improve their musical ability, build friendships and grow their confidence following cancer. The Classic FM Foundation is promoting Practice-a-thon by asking Classic FM listeners to sign up to take part.

Note to sub editors
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